Daily Intel – 4/11/2019

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News From Yesterday’s Slate

Cleveland Indians – 1
Detroit Tigers – 4

  • Tigers SP Matt Boyd keeps on rolling with a second straight quality start, striking out six in six innings and allowing only one run on four hits and two walks. Boyd now has 29 Ks in 17 1/3 innings with just six walks. He did allow a few of extra base hits in this one, including a home run on an 0-2 pitch, but the fact that he posted such a good line despite that is further proof of his growing relevancy in all fantasy formats.
  • 3B Jose Ramirez was hitless in four at-bats and has just three hits in his last 25 plate appearances (only one walk in that same time frame). Ramirez’s hard-hit rate is down, but not alarmingly so; it should be a matter of time before he’s producing like the first rounder he was expected to be.

Pittsburgh Pirates – 5
Chicago Cubs – 2

  • OF Jason Heyward stayed hot in this one, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two singles. The one out he did make left his bat at 99.7 mph. He’s got seven hits in his last 14 at-bats, including four homers.
  • This outing was a little better for SP Yu Darvish in that he didn’t walk anyone over 5 1/3 innings, and was relatively efficient in throwing 53 of his 77 pitches in the strike zone. But the Pirates were able to make good contact on him a few times, including two homers, and that combined with some shaky Chicago defense led to Darvish allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits with four strikeouts to take the loss. He generated more swinging strikes in this game (13) than he had in 146 pitches in his first two starts (11), which is another positive.
  • The Pirates pitching was aces, with SP Jordan Lyles striking out 10 over six innings of one-run work and  closer RP Felipe Vazquez striking out four of the six batters he faced in 1 2/3 innings to record the save. Vazquez is still perfect on the season with no runs allowed and three saves.

Tampa Bay Rays – 9
Chicago White Sox – 1

  • Anyone who watched the rise of SP Blake Snell last year has to be getting the same sort of feelings about how Rays SP Tyler Glasnow has started this season. He dominated the White Sox yesterday over six shutout innings, striking out a career high 11 and needing just 84 pitches to get through his day where he allowed only two singles and a walk. This was all on a day where the game was delayed due to sleet and sub-freezing temperatures, which is not exactly ideal for velocity, yet Glasnow was dialing up 97 mph with general ease. He’s a must-start every time he goes.

  • Glasnow came over to the Rays last summer with OF Austin Meadows, who had a second consecutive monster day at the plate with a single, double, and home run, driving in three, scoring twice, and walking once. He’s up to .341/.420/.659.
  • OF Tommy Pham has been getting on base with relative ease, but it was good yesterday to see him finally break through in the power department with his first two homers of the year. He drove in three and also added a walk, and is now sporting a .419 OBP and .408 SLG to go with his .286 batting average.

Oakland A’s – 10
Baltimore Orioles – 3

  • 2B/OF Chad Pinder is going to start getting every day looks if he keeps hitting like this. He went 2-for-5 last night with a solo homer and two runs scored. In his last four starts Pinder has recorded eight hits in 17 at-bats and has only struck out once. For the season, 15 of his 35 balls put in play have his bat at 95 mph or better, a 42.9 percent rate that puts him in the same general level as 1B Paul Goldschmidt and 1B Anthony Rizzo, among others.
  • DH Khris Davis hit two homers and drove in four, putting himself in a tie for the majors lead in home runs with seven.
  • SP Dan Straily was hit hard again in his first start with the O’s after a similarly bad relief appearance over the weekend against the Yankees. He lasted 3 1/3 innings and allowed four extra base hits, four singles, and five earned runs. He did not walk or strikeout a batter.

Miami Marlins – 1
Cincinnati Reds – 2

  • Mark Sheldon of MLB.com had these updates on SP Alex Wood and 2B Nick Senzel: Wood ramped up his activities this week by throwing on back-to-back days, but the team is waiting to see how he responds before determining next steps; Senzel has started baseball activity (long toss, running on the field, hitting off a tee), but his return to the field for rehab games is still TBD.
  • Reds RP Raisel Iglesias had his first clean outing of the season in his fourth appearance, striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth to earn his first save.

New York Yankees – 6
Houston Astros – 8

  • Yankees 3B Miguel Andujar played catch yesterday, and the initial reports were positive. As of right now, the plan is for him to take swings tomorrow. Considering the initial news on his shoulder’s health, this is a good first step toward returning.
  • SP CC Sabathia will return to the team on Saturday to start against the White Sox, with SP Jonathan Loaisiga getting sent back to Triple-A.
  • Yankees 2B/3B D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI; he’s recorded hits in nine of his last 11 starts this year and is batting .410 in 39 at-bats so far.
  • SS Carlos Correa stole his first base of the season on Tuesday and followed it up last night with his biggest night at the plate since returning, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI, two runs scored, and a walk. He’s now sitting at a .316 batting average with a .960 OPS.

Minnesota Twins – 6
New York Mets – 9

  • In a game where Twins pitchers walked 10 Mets batters, there weren’t many bright spots, but C Mitch Garver’s continued hot swinging at the plate is one of them. He went 2-for-4 with his third home run on the season and two runs scored, and is 6-for-9 with three homers in the last two games.
  • Mets OF Brandon Nimmo reached base twice and scored twice, also driving in a run. He continues to get opportunities to hit leadoff and is a nice buy-low option.

Los Angeles Dodgers – 2
St. Louis Cardinals – 7

  • Dodgers OF Joc Pederson snapped a streak of 21 at-bats without a hit by singling to lead off the game. He also hit a solo home run later to finish 2-for-4 on the night.
  • SP Jack Flaherty had his best start of the season to earn his first win, striking out eight over six innings and allowing one run on three hits with no walks. He maintained his velocity on his four-seam fastball all game, throwing his first of 44 offerings at 95.7 mph and his last at 95.2. He also generated seven swinging strikes on 34 offerings of his slider.

Seattle Mariners – 6
Kansas City Royals – 5

  • The Royals fell in this one despite stealing five bases as a team, with 2B/OF Whit Merrifield swiping his fourth on the year, SS Adalberto Mondesi getting his second and third, and, in a rare start, OF Terrence Gore going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI, run scored, and his second and third stolen bases on the year.
  • But, of course, the Royals bullpen couldn’t finish the job in this one. They actually did good work over five scoreless innings in relief of SP Heath Fillmyer, who opened the game with five runs allowed in three innings, but RP Brad Boxberger continued to fall down the closer pecking order with three hits and a run allowed in the ninth inning.
  • RP Anthony Swarzak was actually used in the eighth inning of a tie game here, striking out two and walking one to earn the win. RP Roenis Elias got the ninth and made things interesting with a double to Gore and two walks allowed, but he was able to close it out and earn his second save on the season.

Atlanta Braves
Colorado Rockies

  • This game was postponed and will be made up on August 26.

Washington Nationals – 15
Philadelphia Phillies – 1

  • Before the game, Nats manager Dave Martinez said that SP Max Scherzer will need to test his ankle in a bullpen session today to ensure he’s ready to start on Saturday.
  • Phillies SP Nick Pivetta was a very popular breakout pick before the season, so if you drafted him where he was going, you’re not giving up yet. Still, it is discouraging to see how hard he’s getting hit, with last night’s effort making it 29 baserunners and 14 earned runs allowed over 13 1/3 innings and three starts.
  • Congratulations to Nationals RP Trevor Rosenthal, who recorded an out for the first time this season in appearance number five. That’s the good news. The bad news is he walked three of the six batters he faced in an inning of work and now has seven walks and four hits allowed on 15 batters faced.

Texas Rangers – 5
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2

  • Texas Manager Chris Woodward gave closer RP Jose Leclerc an opportunity to right himself after blowing Tuesday’s save, but he allowed a single, a run-scoring walk, and hit two batters in between recording one out and not finishing the game. Leclerc’s missing piece before breaking out last year was conquering bouts of wildness, to see him struggle with his control like this early in the season is a definite cause for concern. RP Kyle Bird came on after Leclerc to finish the last two outs and earn his first save.
  • SP Robbie Ray struck out 10 in five innings, but he was only able to generate six swinging strikes on his two primary pitches – four on 49 offerings of his four-seam fastball, and two on 36 offerings of his curveball. He actually got four swinging strikes on nine offerings of his rarely-used slider, but Ray needs to get more out of his fastball if he’s going to be able to sustain the level of dominance fantasy owners need from him to return value. He only allowed one run on two singles and a walk in the game but did not get a decision.

Milwaukee Brewers – 2
Los Angeles Angels – 4

  • 2B/3B Travis Shaw left the game after being hit by a pitch on the right hand, but X-rays were negative and he apparently only has a bone bruise.
  • The Angels won their sixth straight and are playing well through a spate of injuries, including a minor groin strain that kept OF Mike Trout out of this one. They are a little thin on extended, healthy arms, though, so they demoted SP Jaime Barria after the game in favor of a fresh arm that will be up in advance of the weekend series at the Cubs. Barria pitched 2 2/3 innings in this game in relief of SP Felix Pena. 

San Diego Padres – 3
San Francisco Giants – 1

  • We’re not getting too excited about SP Nick Margevicius, as he’s now faced an awful Giants lineup twice and has posted 11 strikeouts in 11 innings of work. Margevicius throws a lot of strikes, and maybe he’s just game planning correctly right now to challenge bad lineups, but we’d be cautious about using him on the road. That said, lucky for him, he gets a two-start week next week at home against the Rockies and Reds. Two decent lineups, but with the amount of two-start guys limited this time of year due to off days, he’s worth considering if you want to take a high-risk/high-reward shot at boosting your ratios.
  • New Giants 1B Tyler Austin got another start in this one in…left field? I mean, whatever, Austin does have an intriguing bat and the Giants are desperate for offense, so the fact that he has hits in his first three games with the club makes him worth monitoring in deeper mixed leagues.

Daily Fantasy Recommendations for Thursday, April 11 (NOTE: We use DraftKings prices and format, which means two pitchers are required)

Note: This is for the non-featured, 10-game All Day slate, which starts at 12:35 pm.

  • Catcher
    • High-priced option: Omar Narváez ($3,800)
    • Low-priced option: Francisco Cervelli ($3,200)
  • First Base
    • High-priced option: Joey Votto ($4,300)
    • Low-priced option: Miguel Cabrera ($3,400)
  • Second Base
    • High-priced option: Wilmer Flores ($3,900)
    • Low-priced option: Pablo Reyes ($2,800)
  • Third Base
    • High-priced option: Eugenio Suarez ($4,600)
    • Low-priced option: Brian Anderson ($3,000)
  • Shortstop
    • High-priced option: Javy Baez ($5,100)
    • Low-priced option: Eduardo Escobar ($3,800)
  • Outfielder (three required)
    • High-priced option 1: Ronald Acuña Jr. ($5,000)
    • High-priced option 2: Mallex Smith ($4,300)
    • High-priced option 3: Randal Grichuk ($4,200)
    • Low-priced option 1: Stephen Piscotty ($3,800)
    • Low-priced option 2: Leonys Martin ($3,400)
    • Low-priced option 3: Melky Cabrera ($3,000)
  • Pitcher (two required)
    • High-priced option 1: Jon Gray ($9,300)
    • High-priced option 2: Walker Buehler ($9,700)
    • Low-priced option 1: Mike Leake ($7,300)
    • Low-priced option 2: Aaron Brooks ($6,900)

Today’s Best Bets

  • Our favorite favorite: Colorado Rockies (-115) over SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
  • Our favorite underdog: Pittsburgh Pirates (+135) over CHICAGO CUBS
  • Our over/under play: Seattle Mariners/KANSAS CITY ROYALS UNDER 10 runs

Yesterday: 2-1 (hit on over/under and underdog picks))
Season: 22-16-1

Note: Best Bets section is for entertainment purposes only.

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